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Voice of Lucky's Mum in Bluey, Comedic journalist, MC and Author

The greatest achievements come from taking the biggest leaps of faith.

From a 'ridiculously bad' radio interview with Russell Crowe that ended up winning the ABC's ‘Comedy Segment of the Year Award’, to presenting on The Project, and recently being cast in Bluey as Janelle aka “Lucky's Mum”, Anna Daniels is a journalist, TV presenter, and writer, and a master at turning things around and sharing inspiring stories.

Growing up as one of five children in Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia, Anna’s points of difference are her country background, her humour, her relatability and vibrancy, and her ability to hang in there with positivity and hope when times get tough!

With her laidback warmth, energy, and inspirational messages of resilience; taking leaps of faith; creating your own opportunities and transforming negatives into positives, Anna connects with audiences to realise their full potential.

Anna is currently playing the role of “Janelle” Lucky’s Mum on the much-loved kid’s series Bluey. Janelle is the NSW State of Origin Blues-loving Labrador retriever and made her debut in the ‘Pass the Parcel’ episode before she belted out those hilarious lines in ‘The Decider’ episode as the footy-mad lone NSW supporter! Anna says “It’s such a joyous celebratory show of Australian culture, and obviously incredibly popular”.

Anna’s refreshing sense of humour has been entertaining us for several years as a presenter on The Project. From sailing aboard the Queen Mary 2; joining an outback postie on one of Australia’s longest mail-runs, to reporting from Beef Week in Rockhampton, and presenting live from The Project desk in Melbourne, Anna’s highly entertaining segments have been a hit with both urban and rural audiences.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from QUT in Brisbane, Anna has written, presented and produced exciting content for some of Australia’s and the UK’s highest-rating programs. In addition to presenting her own stories for The Project, she produced Red Symons’ Breakfast Program on ABC Radio Melbourne, presented for the popular Channel 7 travel show Queensland Weekender, and produced the BBC One series John Bishop’s Australia, featuring the UK comedian, John Bishop.

In 2004, as a junior ABC rural reporter, Anna knew she could not air her nerve-racked and error-ridden 40 minute-interview with superstar Russell Crowe. Then, in a stroke of genius, she edited the interview and turned the calamity into comic relief.
“It turned out to be ridiculous and funny and won the ABC’s ‘Comedy Segment of the Year Award’,’’ Anna says. “It’s always been a good reminder to me of how you can take a potentially disastrous situation and turn it into a positive.’’
With a great passion for comedy, Anna kicked off her presenting career with the ABC, co-winning the network’s Comedy Segment of the Year Award for her radio interview with Russell Crowe. She then went on to co-create the ABC’s first online comedy series, ’Tough at the Top’, set in Darwin, with Melbourne comedian Anne Edmonds. Winning national comedy awards, the Tough at the Top sketches continue to be a hit on YouTube.
In 2016, Anna’s debut novel, Girl in Between, was shortlisted for the Vogel Awards and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2017. Girl in Between has become one of Australia’s bestselling debuts, and has recently been reprinted in Australia, and released by Random House in Germany.
She is currently working on her own kid's TV show idea with production company, Northern Pictures, and has hopes to adapt ‘Girl In Between’ for TV.

Talking Points

From Rockhampton to Bluey and beyond! : Anna Daniels' Journey of Resilience and Reinvention

In this Keynote, Anna shares her inspiring journey from growing up in country Australia to becoming a national prime-time TV presenter on The Project; best-selling author, and an ongoing character in Bluey! With humour and heart, Anna shares how she turned setbacks into successes; embraced vulnerability, and created her own opportunities and unique brand.

Key Takeaways and Themes:
- Embrace vulnerability: Anna demonstrates how vulnerability can lead to unexpected success, encouraging individuals to be authentic and genuine.
- Trust your instincts: By acting on her instincts and taking leaps of faith, Anna showcases the importance of not overthinking and seizing opportunities as they arise.
- Resilience in failure: Learn how Anna transformed setbacks into stepping stones for success, highlighting the importance of resilience and perseverance in creative endeavours.
- Harness uniqueness: Discover the power of leveraging your unique strengths and characteristics to create your brand, unlocking doors to unforeseen opportunities.
- Connect with humour and heart: Anna exemplifies the value of connecting with audiences through humour and sincerity, fostering genuine connections and leaving a lasting impact.
- Bluey! How did the Bluey opportunity come up? What has the experience been like? How does it all work?

Master of Ceremonies - Energising and Engaging

Friendly, funny, and upbeat, Anna uses her unique blend of humour and warmth to keep a conference crowd energised, motivated, and enthused for the speakers and sessions ahead! As an MC, Anna knows the importance of making every attendee and speaker feel supported, inspired, and excited to learn from industry leaders, and she creates an atmosphere of positivity, fun and expectation, whilst also synthesising the big ideas from speakers to ensure maximum impact for audiences.

With Anna as your MC, you can be assured of running a highly successful, empowering and (on-time) motivating event!
We really enjoyed having Anna MC our two day conference in Tweed Heads and found her very accommodating, flexible, light hearted and enthusiastic. Anna’s prior research into our organisation enabled her to personalise her role as MC which received positive feedback from all of our delegates. We would highly recommend Anna to any organisation looking for a true professional to coordinate an event. First National Real Estate

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Marian McLeod

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